Youth Culture Forever

Youth Culture Forever

Artist: Paws

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Format: CD
Label: FAT CAT
Genre: Rock/Pop
Released: 05/06/2014
UPC: 600116512925


1. Erreur Humaine
2. Tongues
3. Someone New
4. Owls Talons Clenching My Heart
5. Give Up
6. Alone
7. An Honest Romance
8. Narcissist
9. Let's All Let Go
10. Great Bear
11. Ycf
12. War Cry

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For ''Youth Culture Forever,'' the second album from Paws, the band decamped to a studio in the woods just outside New York to hone and expand on the sound that saw their debut ''Cokefloat!'' acclaimed by the likes of Pitchfork, Spin and nominated in their homeland of Scotland for the Scottish Album Of The Year awards.


Recording at Adam Pierce's (Mice Parade/Swirlies) studio in the woods outside of New York City, Paws produced the album themselves in an attempt to strive for the sound that they had always imagined for the band. As Phillip Taylor from the band says,''It feels like everybody considers our debut Lp to be 'lo-fi' which really bothered us as we felt it was the complete opposite by comparison to our early releases.'' He states that he wanted ''Youth Culture Forever'' to be ''bigger and louder, softer and quieter'' and to ''present the potential of our dynamic range more accurately than the first album.'' This can be heard right from the album's opener, ''Erreur Humaine,'' which opens with Taylor playing a gentle lilting guitar riff and ruminating on the end of a relationship with typical soaring honesty before the full band explode into life, sounding heavier, fuller, and darker than ever before. While the track lengths have expanded on occasion, so has the instrumentation, as Taylor explains: ''We thought it would be nice to try and highlight the mood within certain songs with some textural instruments. the cello (played by Isabel Castellvi, who has worked with Diane Cluck, Coco Rosie and Mark Kozelek) just has a very mournful and profound presence and it felt appropriate for the songs we used it in, it's a beautiful instrument.'' Elsewhere instruments such as piano (played by Adam Pierce) and glockenspiel highlight vocal hooks and add richness to complement the fuller production values of the album. This is not a band that has forgotten the power of a hook, or how to write a sub-three minute pop-punk song, however, as the brilliant ''An Honest Romance'' demonstrates. Possessing a huge sing-along chorus and lyrics about unrequited love that are anecdotal and painfully specific whilst being instantly relatable, the track is Paws at their melodic, heart-on-the-sleeve best. Of the album's title Taylor explains that it came to the band when he and Josh Swinney, Paws' drummer were watching an episode of the cartoon ''Adventure Time'': ''One of the main characters screams 'Youth Culture Forever!'' jubiliantly in an act of defiance towards an older character who was telling him that his new-fangled youthfu ways of thinking and acting were silly and naive. We just thought that it was a really great message. Life is forever changing and the problems we face as human beings are forever changing. The youth will always hold the potential to make change.''